Schiano received a lot of criticism when he persuaded the Bucs to move up in the draft to take Barron and pass on heralded LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. It was argued correctly that you don’t take safeties that early, particularly when cornerbacks are at premium and there is a Claiborne available. And then there is the Bucs’ situation at cornerback, which was not good.
Gailey also announced defensive end Mark Anderson needed a followup knee procedure and will miss another two or three weeks and said defensive end Chris Kelsay is “probably 50-50″ to return from his neck injury Thursday night.
Meanwhile, nose guard Terrence Cody was deactivated due to an arm injury. Ma’ake Kemoeatu will start at nose guard. With left defensive end Pernell McPhee out with right knee and thigh injuries, Arthur Jones will start again in his place.
Jones, who entered the game fighting a right ankle injury, aggravated that same injury in the third quarter and did not return. He is questionable for Week 12 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“I can’t speak for (Jerod) Mayo and (Brandon) Spikes, but from my standpoint, I’ve just got to do what I was coached,” Hightower said. “I made one mistake and tried to correct it on different techniques and things that didn’t work that I should have known wouldn’t work. But after talking to (linebackers) coach (Pepper) Johnson and looking up to Mayo and Spikes, them talking to me on the sideline and all through this week, they’ve been in my corner.”
His transformation has really been remarkable. It’s just the sort of thing you hope for from a first-round pick who hasn’t lived up to expectations in his first couple of seasons. He could have accepted his label and status. Instead he’s fought hard to improve.
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram carried 12 times for a team-best 67 yards and a touchdown in the Week 11 game against the Oakland Raiders. RB Chris Ivory spelled him eight times for 37 yards, and RB Pierre Thomas came on for five carries and 30 yards.
Trying to cover players of Green’s caliber is a relatively new experience for him. “Going up against a guy like him with that size, you have to accept it for what it is,” Arenas said. “When I say that, I mean when he goes up for the ball, I know I’m not going to go up with him and get the ball. That’s not my game. I’m going up with him and trying to rip the ball out when he’s coming down. That’s why I say you have to accept a different kind of game against a guy like him.”